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Locked into a specialty but now want urgent care


I'm an FNP with two years experience. I made the decision to start my full time career in adult sleep medicine, and also have a per diem gig at a detox clinic. I chose the sleep job because it is very "family friendly" (I have a 2 year old and a newborn) -- hours are great, MDs are awesome to work with, and patients are generally pleasant. The problem is that I feel pigeon-holed. I barely even use my stethoscope, and I feel like it's too specialized.

I'd like to go to urgent care within the next 5 years (when the kids are older), but have a feeling that no one will hire me with my current, very specialized, experience. There are some fellowship programs in my area, but all of them only accept new grads, or NPs with less than a year experience.

Any advice/guidance you could provide would be much appreciated!

DizzyJ DHSc PA-C

Specializes in DHSc, PA-C.

I would do a lot of review and look into an urgent care conference/boot camp. I would apply for part-time/PRN urgent care position, after finishing a boot camp, and be sure you have good support from other providers in the office. Certainly, it would be ideal to have another provider onsite. Do it part time for several months and be sure you like it before making the full time switch.

I know nothing about this boot camp, but HIPPO ED has one. I'm sure there are more.

Catherineann, BSN, MSN, APRN

Specializes in Sleep Medicine. Has 17 years experience.

Same! Sleep NP here With 2 years of experience. seriously considering urgent care. I worked in urgent care as an RN and loved it. I’ve heard very good things about the Hippo Urgent Care Boot Camp. It’s not inexpensive however and so I haven’t bitten the bullet yet. I’ve been listening to the free version of their podcast and it’s been helpful.